By Giulia Petroni

 

Enel SpA said Thursday that it has received the green light for the early closure of a thermal power plant's unit in southern Italy starting from January 1, 2021.

The Rome-base energy company said unit 2 of the Federico II plant in Brindisi, Apulia, is the first of four coal-fired production units that are set to be permanently closed.

In line with its decarburization plans, the company added it has recently started the authorization process to convert the site into a high efficiency gas-fired plant.

"This process is necessary to ensure the complete closure of the Brindisi coal plant by 2025, while also guaranteeing the security of the national electricity grid," Enel said.

 

Write to Giulia Petroni at giulia.petroni@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 28, 2020 06:00 ET (10:00 GMT)

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